Hawthorn Shield Bug

Spotted this bright green and deep red bug on the trellis next to a small Mountain Ash tree and just above a young honeysuckle plant.

This is an adult Hawthorn Shield Bug which is from a species of around 200 Shield Bugs or Stink Bugs. This one is the most common in England and eats Hawthorn berries (Haws) hence the name.  

It is harmless to humans but may give off a bad defensive smell if threatened rather like ladybirds when you pick them up.


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